Signs Your Dog is Suffering from Seasonal Allergies
Many humans suffer from seasonal allergies, but few know how common it is for your pet to go through similar problems. However, allergies in pets present themselves differently than in humans. With the warm weather approaching here are a few signs to look out for:
If your dog suffers from allergies, they will often have to endure very itchy skin. To alleviate the itch, canines will often engage in “over-grooming”. Signs of “over-grooming” include the need to lick the same part of their skin repeatedly to the point that the skin becomes raw and large patches of hair are missing. “Over- grooming” can become very painful for your pet and can cause skin infections.
2. Constant Head Shaking
Dogs shake their head in order to relieve discomfort; it’s an effective way to clear the ear canal of water, dirt, or insects. However, when your pet reacts to an allergen the skin in their ears may become very irritated. This irritation will make them shake their heads vigorously in order to soothe their itch. If you notice your dog has smelly ears and repeatedly shakes their head, this might indicate an allergic reaction.
3. Runny Eyes
Like humans one effect of seasonal allergies is red and itchy eyes. You may notice your pet rubbing their face and their eyes on pieces of furniture. This rubbing often indicates an irritation of the eyes. Another signal of allergies in the eyes is discharge. During allergy season your pet’s eyes may leak discharge.
We know how much you care about your pets and hope this article answers your allergy questions, to help you offer the best care for your pups. Happy sniffing!